Sports betting in Kenya has become one of the most lucrative new businesses in a new gambling craze that is earning the country a new title; ‘The Betting Nation’.

According to  Betting Control and Licensing Board (BCLB), there are close to 30 licensed sports betting companies Kenya with SportPesa touted as the largest and most popular.

Just how popular is it?

There has previously been no hard data to support the claim that SportPesa is the largest with many only speculating on just how much time Kenyans are spending on the betting sites in comparison to other popular websites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.


As part of Kantar-GeoPoll Media Measurement‘s daily surveys on audience habits for TV, radio, print and Internet, GeoPoll is pleased to release this report on the top 10 websites in the month of September 2016. To learn more about KGMM, see a demo of the system, and sign up for an account please contact us


Facebook Still King, SportPesa ranked No. 8

Although Facebook continues to be the most frequented website by Kenyans with a total of 15M indicating that they visited the site in the month of September, SportPesa was the 8th most visited website with a total of 1.5M visits.   Whatsapp and Opera Mini were among the top five though they are platforms and not strictly websites.

Women in Sports Betting
Sports  betting is believed to be a preserve of menfolk, however, according to our survey, a total of 498,000 women indicated that they have visited the sports betting site within the last month. This is in comparison to over 900,000 men who included SportPesa among their sites they had visited in the same period.

Sports betting is slowly becoming the new past time for a number Kenyans with those aged between 25-34 years showing the most interest. In our next report, we will be sharing the rankings for all sports betting companies in Kenya.

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